Our Team


Curtis Dean, co-founder and CBAN Vice President, has been involved in community broadband for 20+ years.

In 2015, he established SmartSource Consulting to provide services to small telecommunications services, including project management, marketing and strategic planning.

Curtis holds a B.A. from Buena Vista University and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Todd Kielkopf, Community Broadband Action Network

Through Kielkopf  Advisory Services, CBAN co-founder and Treasurer Todd Kielkopf advises utilities, organizations and startups on business formation, strategic development phases and financial matters.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Iowa State University.


Brianna Dillavou, CBAN's Digital Navigator, is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University. She began her career teaching middle and high school, then transitioned into human services programming and management, including teaching digital skills to individuals with disabilities.

Throughout her career, she has worked to improve her community through connecting those in need with substantive opportunities, and advocating for rural populations. A mother of two young children, Brianna is invested in connecting rural Iowa with the tools and resources needed to create opportunities in our communities.


As Community Manager, Kate Kielkopf specializes in curating community content, producing our Broadband Action podcast, and member outreach.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Truman State University, and a Masters of Art in Political Science and a graduate certificate in Public Policy and Public Management from Iowa State University.

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Jon Willow is a former digital publisher and journalist with extensive experience working with state and local governments and policy-making bodies. A co-founder of CBAN, she is also the President.

Jon also owns Crystal Clear Communications, a small firm serving small- to medium-sized companies, nonprofits and municipalities, including locally-owned utilities.

Jon holds a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Iowa and is pursuing her Masters in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University.